Glue trap in Raleigh ends daylong search for venomous zebra cobra

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Following many hours of consultation and preparation by Animal Control officers, a venomous zebra cobra was captured on a north Raleigh porch Wednesday night, capping a 48-hour case involving North Carolina media.

The glue was removed from the cobra's body after being guided into a red bucket and brought to a safe location.

A striped snake was spotted earlier in the day crawling out of the siding of a house on Sandringham Drive, onto the front porch of a house. While raising its head to take a look around, its hood was visible.

When Animal Control officers confirmed the snake was the one they moved camera crews back before they attempted to catch it.

This same residence had called 911 early Tuesday, sparking the search.


A glue trap endangers days-long search in north Raleigh for venomous zebra cobras

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On July 1, 2021, at 7:21 a.m. EDT

10:00 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, July 13 2021

WRAL reporters Kasey Cunningham, Joe Fisher, and Matt Talhelm; multiplatform producers Heather Leah and Maggie Brown

North Carolina, Raleigh Following hours of consultation and preparation by Raleigh police and animal control officers, a venomous zebra cobra was captured with a glue trap on a north Raleigh porch Wednesday night, highlighting the nearly 48-hour ordeal across North Carolina.

As soon as the cobra was guided into the red bucket, it was moved to a safe location where the glue could be fully removed.

WRAL's cameras caught the snake the previous day crawling onto the porch of a house on Sandringham Drive. Its hood was visible when it raised its head to look around.

After confirming it was the snake, Animal Control officers moved the camera crews back before moving in to capture it.

Searches were launched early Tuesday after the same home made a 911 call.

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Joan Nelson expressed relief that the ordeal is over.

It makes me feel much safer, she said. Now that I'm outside, I can go on my deck and have a walk. The snake, though, must have felt bad.

A striped snake lies out on a porch in a north Raleigh neighborhood where a zebra cobra has disappeared.

The snake is a zebra cobra and can spit up to nine feet long, making even a morning dog walk a daunting task. The African Snakebite Institute reports that this snake is very dangerous. As a result of the venom, a victim's nervous system could shut down.

A person hit by the poison would experience pain, swelling, irritation, vomiting, and diarrhea. In addition to a heavy fever and breathing problems, respiratory failure could also result.

An experienced veterinarian, Dr. Salina Locke, treats all kinds of pets at the Avian and Exotic Animal Care.

Normally, this cobra species does not bite. The venom from them, she said, is typically sprayed. She said they are extremely accurate and shoot straight for the eyes.

The risk of keeping this snake as a pet prevents Locke from recommending this snake for this purpose.

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In the late afternoon on Tuesday, police searched 6917 Chamonix Place, near the place where the snake was last spotted.

In March, police visited the home four times because of an animal problem. Following the sighting on Monday and Tuesday of the zebra cobra on a porch about half a mile away, they returned.

The records of the county show Rebecca and Keith Gifford live at the address. There is a Facebook account for Keith Gifford that shows several photos of snakes that he claims are owned by his son, Christopher.

Christopher Gifford has over 460000 followers on his TikTok account. A zebra cobra that is seven feet long is claimed by him on one of his posts.